Kestrel Class Mon 20th April

For English, continue to follow the Hamilton lessons if you wish. There’s a range of activities, but feel free to dip in and out of the Hamilton activities and those that I post below. I have to say, speaking as a teacher, I am very impressed with how they apply the national curriculum objectives and in their review of topics. Many of which we have covered interspersed occasionally with something that will be new to year 5 but was taught initially lower down in the school, so a great opportunity for revision.

English –

Our next topic was going to be ‘Traditional Tales from another Culture’ but for obvious reasons we did not have a chance to get stuck into this. We started to read The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis as our class book to begin investigating other cultures and link into current events in the world but we didn’t get beyond the first few chapters. In class we began to consider key vocabulary like culture, immigrant, emigrant, refugee, crisis and war.

Today, can you choose another culture to write about, you may need to do some research first and make sure that you understand what culture means by doing a quick dictionary check. Your family may come from or be a part of a different culture and your research might involve questioning them about it, or you may have read about a different culture or seen one on TV or in a film that you want to explore. It can be any culture that you write about. Try to use descriptive language and try to compare with other cultures and lifestyles. You may want to focus on key events or festivals in their calendar as a starting point or pick out 3 key traditions that are important to that culture.

Maths –

I am really impressed with White Rose Maths coverage and the resources that they are providing for students to answer questions. They are currently covering the topic we were on when schools closed so it is a great way for us to consolidate and review using techniques that we know about such as partitioning with part-part-whole models or using place value grids to show the value of digits within a number. Because of this, I would like for our class to continue to follow this, if you do not have access to a printer to print the worksheets (or perhaps if you are wanting to be considerate of the environment) you may wish to pick 3 exercises and copy them into your home learning book. Please continue to work through these activities.

If you are unable to access this, try completing the following:

Show as many ways as you can to make 1 whole using fractions, decimals and percentages. For example: ½ + ½ or 48% + 52%.

Greater Depth: Can you make 1 whole using a unique combination that mixes decimals, fractions and percentages? How many different ways can you do this? For example: ½ + 25% + 0.25 or 2/8 + 0.6 + 10% + 0.05. How complicated can you get? Challenge your family members to check it for you! Can you catch them out?


If you complete the challenge, have a go at writing a similar one of your own.

Music –

Access YUMU using your unique log-on and recap some of our music learning. We would have started a new unit with the new half term so to reflect this, I have added the unit to your YUMU from my Charanga page. The unit is on a song called ‘Dancing in the Street’. I have added the entire unit so you can complete it at your own pace. Feel free to involve your family members!

Computing –

It was lovely reading your messages on purple mash, I have marked all the work done and handed in and even some that was completed but not handed in. I can read all the messages you write to me when you submit your work and I have tried to respond to all of them too. I have also now added new 2dos so check those out.